The Book Collector


The Book Collector
The Book Collector is the only printed journal in the world dealing with book-collecting, but it is much more than that – a bridge that joins together collectors, librarians and booksellers, and all who are interested in books, to have, to read, to enjoy in any way.

Published quarterly, The Book Collector publishes authoritative articles on subjects from medieval libraries to modern first editions, collects news and reviews of auctions, publications and trade catalogues, bibliographies and checklists, private press books, exhibitions and much else. It runs series on book collectors past and present, uncollected authors, unfamiliar libraries (public and private) and bookbindings new and old. Its ‘Bibliographical Notes and Queries’ provides an open forum, now online.

The Book Collector was founded in 1952, two years before he published Casino Royale, by Ian Fleming. Its first editor, until his death in 1965, was John Hayward, the friend and muse of T. S. Eliot. Since then it has been edited by Nicolas Barker, sometime publisher and first head of conservation at the British Library, abetted by an editorial board drawn from rare-book librarianship and the antiquarian book trade. The tone is scholarly, but by no means oppressively academic, with a wide range of contributors, unparochial in place or profession, whose common aim is to share their enthusiasms and knowledge about books in a way that is accessible to all. Its readers come from every continent.

And more than this, The Book Collector’s website nowadays includes its entire archive – sixty years’ worth of interest and information, readily searchable.

The Book Collector is published in March, June, September and December. It is available only by subscription, direct from the publisher or through booksellers and subscription agents. A sample copy of a recent issue will be gladly sent on request. Click here at The Book Collector.